If you follow my Instagram account then you know that I love to cook! I am not a professional cook, I am a busy mom and wife who loves to sit down with my boys during dinner and hear the stories about their day. You know what I would love to make for dinner? Fresh pasta. Yup, in a perfect world I would be rolling up my sleeves mid-day and start making and cutting perfect noodles. Then I would dry the noodles and work on my sauce. It would take hours, but hey, it’s a perfect world!
Well there is nothing wrong with homemade noodles, but who has time during the weeknights for that? There are days that I have very little time for cooking. Two days a week for me are extra busy because after school and homework, my son has sports. Those days I need to crank out a good meal fairly quick without sacrificing flavor. That meal has to be flavorful, easy and fast. Oh, and kid approved! Tall order, right?
With that in mind, last week I went shopping at Walmart and I added these two items to my cart. Well, I added a ton of items but these are the two stars of today’s post: Steamfresh® Flavor Full Barbecue Sweet Corn and Farm Rich® Smokehouse Pulled Beef Brisket. I decided that I would make BBQ Corn Cakes and that I would use as an inspiration “Venezuelan cachapas”. I am not from Venezuela and this is not at all a traditional recipe, but it was the inspiration behind this idea. I hoped it would work and you will see below if it did.
Spoiler: It did.
Ingredients for the corn cake:
2 Cups of the Birds Eye Steamfresh® Flavor Full Barbecue Sweet Corn (I used the whole bag)
1/3 Cup Masa Harina (a finely ground flour found in the International section of most markets. You can probably sub it for finely ground cornmeal.)
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper
Canola Oil for sautéing the corn cakes
Ingredients for the filling:
Mozzarella cheese (desired amount)
Farm Rich® Smokehouse Beef Brisket (desired amount)
Note: The amount of brisket in the picture was not even a quarter of what was inside the box, so the next day we used the leftovers for brisket sandwiches.
I added all the ingredients for the corn cake to a blender (a food processor would work great). I didn’t have to add any other liquid because the corn had it’s natural juices in the bag but if it is too dry for the blender to “get going”, you can add a tablespoon of milk. The consistency is meant to be like a thick pancake batter (see picture).
I was able to get 6 patties out of the mix. I heated a non-stick griddle pan but you can use a sauté pan and add a little bit of the oil. I cooked each side for about 5 minutes on medium, and was careful not to burn the corn cakes.
I then added some mozzarella cheese and allowed it to melt for a minute. I followed with the brisket and allowed it to heat through. You may want to put a lid on the pan until you see the cheese has fully melted.
I folded the corn cakes like mini tacos and served them after these pictures. My family loves it when I make them wait to eat delicious food because I am taking pictures. Smirk. It’s ok, I gained back my popularity once they tried them.
There was a little cooking involved, but once that 15 minute process was done, I was left with a full meal. Sometimes you need shortcuts that don’t taste like shortcuts! These cakes were not just flavorful, but very filling. This night it was just me and my two boys but if my husband were joining us, I would be sure to double the recipe. I sent him a picture of the food and he sent me back an angry emoji face. Hehe. Sorry babe.
Also, below is a special limited time offer for you, if you want to try this quick and easy dinner during the week or weekend. These cakes also make a great appetizer for friends!
For a limited time, earn $0.75 on Birds Eye Vegetables and unlock $1.00 off one Farm Rich® Smokehouse product with Ibotta while supplies last. If you haven’t used Ibotta, you have to download the app available on iOs and Android. Before you shop, be sure to unlock the rebates for both Birds Eye Vegetables and Farm Rich® Smokehouse. Then, shop! Buy the products that you’ve unlocked at major retailers. Finally, verify your purchase by scanning your barcodes and submitting a photo of your receipt!
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